Mr. Clifford Brian Honess PHD
24 October, 1933 – 14 May, 2015
COLUMBIA – C. Brian Honess passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12 noon in the Eastminster Presbyterian Church Memorial Gardens. Rev. Dr. Ellen Skidmore will officiate. Dunbar Funeral Home Northeast Chapel is assisting the family. Mr. Honess was born in 1933, in Detroit, Michigan. He began piano lessons at an early age. The family moved to Dearborn where Brian entered the Detroit Conservatory of Music. He later attended Muskingum College and studied math and electrical engineering at the Univ. of Michigan. Brian joined a Special Service group in the U.S. Army, traveling the world playing the piano. He then joined Bausch and Lomb as a researcher, but his electronic and ham radio hobbies led him to become Chief Engineer of an FM radio station in Charlotte. At UNC Charlotte, Brian finished his undergraduate studies. He then joined the staff of the College of Business Administration at the Univ. of South Carolina, writing software to conduct “business and management games” for seminars. After obtaining his MBA from USC, he worked as a Professor at the College of Business Administration. For nearly 30 years Prof. Honess taught thousands of students at USC. He wrote 17 textbooks and many popular magazine articles on a variety of computing topics. He earned three undergraduate degrees, an MBA and an honorary PhD. Mr. Honess retired at age 59 as an Emeritus Distinguished Professor. He was a long time member of MENSA and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He still played the piano in local bands. Prof. Honess’s sister, Arlene and her husband Michael live in Texas. His son Marc works for Zappos in Nevada. His son Shawn lives in California with his wife Azita and son Aiden.
Mr. Clifford Brian Honess PHD
25 May 2015
I am sad to learn that a man most influential in my life has passed from this Earth. As a non-traditional student, Brain was a mentor, a tremendous teacher and a person that provided encouragement and reality checks when needed. He taught me that if I wanted to graduate from the business school and work full time, I had to go and pitch my plight to professors and ask them to teach an evening section. It worked. When I couldn't decide between Marketing and Finance as a major, he convinced me I would be more of a stand out in Finance. He and Carol both became a part of our extended family as we had a son and daughter.
He loved music, orchids, a good debate and teaching. He cared about his family, his students and his friends. His dedication to each was steadfast and true. Thank you for the talks, the advice, the encouragement and the belief that this "bimbo" would make something of her life. When you answered the phone, you never said "Hello", but "Good morning" (afternoon or evening). Until we meet again, good evening.
23 May 2015
My heart is saddened by the loss of an esteemed colleague and dear friend, Brian Honess. Our friendship extended over a 40-year period during which we worked together on numerous projects for the College of Business Administration. He was a consummate teacher, whose classes were always filled to capacity. He was excellent researcher in the field of information technology, having published 17 books during his career. But he also was a close friend who could be counted on to provide counsel and support. He was a gifted musician whose musical tastes ranged from American jazz to the classics. He was musically gifted, a man of many talents, and one who cared about other people, especially his beloved students to whom he gave not only wise counsel but friendship as well. We shall not see the likes of Brian again. Goodbye dear friend, rest peacefully in the comfort and love of Almighty God.
Professor Emeritus, Darla Moore School of Business